Collected Stories of William Faulkner Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why do the Native Americans want to hold a trial for the chief's nephew in the white man's court?

2. What does the father of the two young boys tell them to do when he sees the party that has come to arrest them?

3. In the story "Red Leaves," how many Indians are searching for the chief's slave?

4. What is the only thing Emily's father leaves to her in his will?

5. What part of the black men's clothing did Lucius Provine burn when he was a child?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the sympathy of the Confederate soldier his downfall in the story "Mountain Victory"?

2. On what image does Faulkner end the story "Crevasse"?

3. How does the Judge realize that he is dead in the story "Beyond"?

4. Why is Res Grier accused of arson?

5. In the story "Lo," why is the president uncomfortable with the Native Americans who come to him for advice?

6. Why does Alec Gray kill his commanding officer?

7. What happens to the traveling soldiers who are trying to escape enemy fire in the story "Crevasse"?

8. How does Harrison Blair's wife feel about him?

9. What is life like for Alec Gray after he leaves the Army?

10. Why do unexpected visitors frequently arrive at the home of Roger Howes in the story "Artist at Home"?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

"Elly" is a classic story about the struggle between old and young. First, describe the way the elderly are depicted in this story and compare/contrast that to the way youth is depicted in this story. Then explain what caused the rift between Elly and her grandmother. Finally, describe the consequences of Elly's youthful antics on the lives of her loved ones.

Essay Topic 2

The story "The Tall Men" deals with the realization that the motivations of actions are sometimes misunderstood. First, explain what the motivations of the marshal were when he came to arrest the two young boys. Then explain what the marshal assumed the motivations of the young boys were in refusing to sign up for service. Finally, explain what the marshal learned about the human condition and what motivates us all.

Essay Topic 3

In the stories "Two Soldiers" and "Shall Not Perish," Faulkner plays with the contrast between the rich and poor during the Civil War. First, give a description of the way the poor families are portrayed in these two stories and compare/contrast this with the description of the rich families. Then argue which of these groups of people Faulkner sympathizes with more, and give at least two examples from the text to back up your argument.

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